Post Running Mobility and Stretching Exercises
Congrats to all of the Cooper River Bridge runners this weekend in Charleston, SC!!! Whether you walked the entire way, walk/ran, or got a new personal record, completing that course is no joke, and you should feel great about it!
Anyone feeling a little sore or tight after the run? Here are some great stretches to help you recover so you can get back to doing what you love to do!
Downward Facing Dog
Great hamstring. glute, and calf stretch. In this pose, you have the option to:
- stay in a static stretch, with both legs straight, heels pressing towards the floor
- OR, bend one knee at a time, pressing your weight into the other leg for a deeper stretch – alternate sides
Stretch for your quadriceps aka thighs
- one option is to bend both legs back towards your glutes, and gently lean backwards until you feel a slight stretch in your quadriceps
- If you feel pain in your knees, opt for doing one leg at a time
- Stomach facing down, with one leg stretched out behind you. Make sure hips are squared and weight is evenly distributed between both sides of the body
- OR on your back, with one foot on a wall and the other foot placed below the opposite knee. Straps are also useful here
- Opens the hips and groin, and stretches bent leg’s hamstring
- Great stretch for the opposite leg’s hip flexor and quadricep
- This stretch is great for the hamstrings!
- You can either do this stretch from a seated position: sit up tall, lean forward toward the foot that is extended
- OR perform the same stretch on your back